Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Buchanan holds big fund-raising lead over Democratic challenger

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan ended 2009 with more than 100 times more money in his campaign account than his Democratic challenger in the 13th Congressional District, James T. Golden, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

As of Dec. 31, Buchanan, R-Saraosta, had $914,352 in cash on hand, compared to Golden's $8,372.

Buchanan last year raised more than $1.3 million in contributions, including more than $181,000 from political action committees and the rest from individuals. He spent more than $523,000, and was carrying more than $915,000 in debt.

Golden, a former member of the Bradenton City Council, raised a total of $61,033 in 2009 - all from individual contributors - and spent $52,661. He did not report any debt.

For a look at who has contributed to the campaigns, go here.

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